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State of the Union: Same Failed Plans, Different Day
From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
It might not seem like it but Groundhog Day is actually next week. This week, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address to Congress. Unfortunately, it was just a lot more of the same old, same old.
At a time when more than 60 percent of Americans think the nation is headed in the wrong direction and 70 percent are dissatisfied with the economy, President Obama took this opportunity to continue to promote his same “no jobs” economy: more federal spending, more federal bureaucracy, and higher taxes. As it’s been for the first five years of his presidency, this is nothing more than a recipe for economic disaster.
Thankfully, House Republicans have fought tooth and nail to rein in federal spending, keep taxes low, and remove some of the massive bureaucratic red tape his administration has put in place since he took office. We have passed dozens of bills aimed at helping the private sector create jobs and get America back to work. Unfortunately, more than 40 of those bills have gotten stuck in the quagmire that is the US Senate, squashed by Senator Harry Reid’s thumb. Rather than focusing on what can help the American people, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats have placed politics above policy – and American families continue to be the casualties.
Rather than demanding Senator Reid do his job and bring these bills for an up or down vote on the Senate floor, the president once again reasserted his “right” to dictate to the American people from the White House. And instead of working with Congress to pass meaningful legislation to repeal and replace his failed health care law, to remove the red tape that is strangling our nation’s job creators, and to lower the tax burden on hard working American families, he plans to legislate from high on top.
Sadly, I’m not the least bit surprised. This president has shown time and again that he has little respect for the American people and no respect for the US Constitution. Tonight’s speech was just one more example of his disdain. After five years it is time for the President to realize he needs to change course and work with us, or one year from now we will once again hear this same speech with the same lofty goals and nothing of substance behind them.